The Mississippi River Runaways – Civil War, Regionalism, and Realism Flashcard Example #89157

Read the excerpt from chapter 22 of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

So the duke said these Arkansaw lunkheads couldn’t come up to Shakespeare; what they wanted was low comedy—and maybe something ruther worse than low comedy, he reckoned.

Based on the excerpt, which best describes the duke’s impression of people in this part of Arkansas?

A. He believes that they are too serious.
B. He believes that they are not intelligent.
C. He believes that they are highly educated.
D. He believes that they are extremely humorous.

B. He believes that they are not intelligent.
Read the excerpt from chapter 23 of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

“Don’t it s’prise you de way dem kings carries on, Huck?”

“No,” I says, “it don’t.”

“Why don’t it, Huck?”

“Well, it don’t, because it’s in the breed. I reckon they’re all alike.”

What does the dialogue between Huck and Jim reveal about Huck’s beliefs?

A. Huck believes that all people of royal stature are clever.
B. Huck believes that no one is able to be completely honest.
C. Huck believes that only common people have any worth.
D. Huck believes that many people cannot be totally trusted.

D. Huck believes that many people cannot be totally trusted.
Read the excerpt from chapter 23 of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

I stood by the duke at the door, and I see that every man that went in had his pockets bulging, or something muffled up under his coat—and I see it warn’t no perfumery, neither, not by a long sight. I smelt sickly eggs by the barrel, and rotten cabbages, and such things; and if I know the signs of a dead cat being around, and I bet I do, there was sixty-four of them went in.

How does Huck’s use of dialect to describe the setting affect this part of the story?

A. The expressions he uses decrease the conflict by showing that Huck and the others will be good sports about the townspeople’s retaliation.
B. The expressions he uses increase the conflict by revealing how frightened Huck and the others are at the thought of the townspeople’s revenge.
C. The expressions he uses add humor and lessen the tension that is building as the townspeople file in to exact their revenge on Huck and the others.
D. The expressions he uses heighten the suspense that is building as the townspeople file in to exact their revenge on Huck and the others.

D. The expressions he uses heighten the suspense that is building as the townspeople file in to exact their revenge on Huck and the others.
Which excerpt from chapter 23 of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn most clearly illustrates that the duke is someone who does not take responsibility for his actions and would rather blame others if something does not go well?

A. So the duke said these Arkansaw lunkheads couldn’t come up to Shakespeare; what they wanted was low comedy—and maybe something ruther worse than low comedy, he reckoned.
B. Then the duke he lets the curtain down, and bows to the people, and says the great tragedy will be performed only two nights more, on accounts of pressing London engagements, where the seats is all sold already for it in Drury Lane.
C. “‘Walk fast now till you get away from the houses, and then shin for the raft like the dickens was after you!'”
D. “‘Greenhorns, flatheads! I knew the first house would keep mum and let the rest of the town get roped in; and I knew they’d lay for us the third night, and consider it was their turn now.'”

A. So the duke said these Arkansaw lunkheads couldn’t come up to Shakespeare; what they wanted was low comedy—and maybe something ruther worse than low comedy, he reckoned.
Read the excerpt from chapter 23 of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

“Don’t it s’prise you de way dem kings carries on, Huck?”

“No,” I says, “it don’t.”

“Why don’t it, Huck?”

“Well, it don’t, because it’s in the breed. I reckon they’re all alike,”

“But, Huck, dese kings o’ ourn is reglar rapscallions; dat’s jist what dey is; dey’s reglar rapscallions.”

“Well, that’s what I’m a-saying; all kings is mostly rapscallions, as fur as I can make out.”

Which best describes the satirical element of this excerpt?

A. Jim and Huck still genuinely believe that the”rapscallions” are royalty.
B. Jim is revealing to Huck that most people are not what they seem.
C. Jim tells Huck that he knew the truth about the kings before everyone else.
D. Jim and Huck are basing their opinion of all royalty on fake kings.

D. Jim and Huck are basing their opinion of all royalty on fake kings.
Read the excerpt from chapter 23 of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

When the place couldn’t hold no more, the duke he quit tending door and went around the back way and come on to the stage and stood up before the curtain and made a little speech, and praised up this tragedy, and said it was the most thrillingest one that ever was; and so he went on a-bragging about the tragedy, and about Edmund Kean the Elder, which was to play the main principal part in it; and at last when he’d got everybody’s expectations up high enough, he rolled up the curtain, and the next minute the king come a-prancing out on all fours, naked; and he was painted all over, ring-streaked-and-striped, all sorts of colors, as splendid as a rainbow. And—but never mind the rest of his outfit; it was just wild, but it was awful funny.

Which best describes the source of the humor in this excerpt?

A. the fact that the place was packed
B. the duke’s speech to the audience
C. the image of the king performing
D. the audience’s high expectations

C. the image of the king performing
Read the judge’s words from chapter 23 of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

“We are sold—mighty badly sold. But we don’t want to be the laughing stock of this whole town, I reckon, and never hear the last of this thing as long as we live. No. What we want is to go out of here quiet, and talk this show up, and sell the rest of the town! Then we’ll all be in the same boat. Ain’t that sensible?”

What is ironic about the judge’s statement?

A. Rather than admit they have been fooled, the townspeople truly believe it is more sensible to devise a plan to fool the others as well.
B. Despite the fact they themselves have been fooled, the townspeople trick themselves into thinking it will be easy to fool the others.
C. Although the show was truly funny, the townspeople are still petrified of what others will say about the fact they attended the show.
D. In spite of the fact the townspeople claim to be embarrassed about attending the show, they actually enjoyed themselves immensely.

A. Rather than admit they have been fooled, the townspeople truly believe it is more sensible to devise a plan to fool the others as well.
Which quote from chapter 23 of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn contains sarcasm?

A. “But we don’t want to be the laughing stock of this whole town, I reckon, and never hear the last of this thing as long as we live.”
B. “Walk fast now till you get away from the houses, and then shin for the raft like the dickens was after you!”
C. “They can turn it into a picnic if they want to—they brought plenty provisions.”
D. “But, Huck, dese kings o’ ourn is reglar rapscallions; dat’s jist what dey is.”

C. “They can turn it into a picnic if they want to—they brought plenty provisions.”
Which statement describes an example of irony from chapters 22 and 23 of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?

A. In an unexpected twist, Huck and Jim discover the truth about the “rapscallions” after helping them.
B. In an unexpected twist, Huck and Jim thwart the plans of the “rapscallions” by revealing their true identity to the townspeople.
C. In an unexpected twist, the uneducated “rapscallions” are actually quite clever and successfully outwit the townspeople.
D. In an unexpected twist, the townspeople discover that the “rapscallions” really are the royalty they claim to be.

C. In an unexpected twist, the uneducated “rapscallions” are actually quite clever and successfully outwit the townspeople.
Read the excerpt from chapter 23 of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

“Well, that’s what I’m a-saying; all kings is mostly rapscallions, as fur as I can make out.”

Which of the following groups was Twain attempting to satirize with this statement?

A. the uneducated
B. the townspeople
C. the people in power
D. the people of Arkansas

C. the people in power

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